Sunday, August 24, 2014

A purse, some applique, block of the week and more boutique items

Been busy working on more boutique things.  I also finished a few things for myself.  First, I bought Tara Rebman's Craftsy class and made this little (really big actually) tinker tote.

I made the purse 2 inches taller that the pattern so I can make a pocket big enough for my ipad.  This will be the perfect travelling bag.

I also finished another block in my block of the year applique project.  :)

All four finished blocks
I am also participating in Marcus Brothers block of the week.  These are weeks 3 and 4.
And I also worked on some more boutique items.  (Our guild is having a boutique to raise money for all our projects and workshop for the year.)  The boutique is October 4th.  

reusable gift bags

Yes, I've been busy.  I've used a lot of scraps and for the reusable gift bags, some older Christmas fabrics.  Even the purse was all scraps and fabrics that I already had.  I only had to buy utility fabric (like a muslin) and some heavier interfacing.

Now I need to get serious and start quilting on my Farmers Wife Quilt.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

I've been busy!

After I pinned my Farmer's Wife quilt, I decided to take a break and work on our guilds boutique items.  I've shown a few in the last post, but I have added the following to the mix.
Fall table runner

close up of table runner

17 bowl cozies (use with a bowl in the microwave so you don't get potholder in your food.
Doxie Pouch (free pattern on Bernina USA


Baby blankets - minkee on one side and cotton on the other

Christmas bibs

Fall placemats (8)

Halloween Lap Quilt (Using 20 blocks from the Celtice Solstice mystery last year that I didn't use on my quilt.)

Unlined Halloween totes

Fall pot holders

Little Christmas table topper

Christmas table topper

Halloween pot holders
I took a break today to work on some block of the month/weeks.  I'm still waiting for the Fat Quarter Shop BOM but I did get Pat Sloan's Globetrotting BOM block done.
Paris Block (August)

All the blocks so far
Then silly me decided to do the Marcus Brothers Friends and Companions Designer Sew Along.  I had some civil war like fabrics so I thought I'd give it a try.  Here are weeks 1 & 2.  They are 9" finished blocks.

And the Loose Threads ladies met last week and we had our round 3 designer board challenge quilts to show.  You can check all the quilts out here.  At the meeting I was telling them I thought mine was kind of boring so we talked about adding sand and shells to the bottom, which I did today. I was inspired by all the big hand stitching on Grace's board.
Don't know what the vertical stripes are from.  Not on original photo.

The board I was inspired by.  
I still have a few more things to work on for the boutique but feel like I've actually done enough so we'll see if I do work on more.  My new machine is skipping stitches.  I've done all the things I can do to fix it but it's still now working so it looks like it's going in for it's first check up.  Which is good - there might have been some updates that I don't know about.  I haven't figured all that stuff out.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Boutique Items and a BOM block done

For the last two years, our guild has had a fall boutique to raise money for programs and workshops.  So since the idea of national teachers coming to teach, I always like to donate items for the guild.  I started in earnest this weekend to work on some items for this years' boutique.  We are also having a section for consignment items (where 15% of the sale goes to the guild).  Here are a few boutique items.
Quilt as you go table runner using left over strips from quilt I made last year.

Bought these 2 panel kits 1/2 off at our local quilt store.

Another quilt as you go runner from left over strips.

I'm also going to put this wool table runner in the consignment section.  I have been working on this each time I go visit my dad.  

And then I finished the Fat Quarter Shops Block of the Month for July.  (Remember, I'm making 2 blocks each month so I'll have 2 quilts at the end.  One to donate to next years guild.)
I also put together a Halloween quilt using the left over blocks from the last Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt.  I won't show that until I quilt it.
Thanks for looking.  I have a lot more to make.  I have some little pouches and bags I want to make and maybe another stuffed doxie.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

A finish and BOM block done

I decided to work on my Pat Sloan's Globetrotting block 7 since I didn't want to start another project last night.
Last month I noticed that mine was looking really blue so I thought I'd make this months block redder.

And then I finished a very special project that I can't show the whole thing because it's a surprise gift for someone.  But here's the center.  The whole quilt it quilted and bound - just needs a label.

I tried to take better pictures so I can show all the quilting I did, but it just wasn't going to show.

I started working on my Farmer's Wife quilt today.  I'm working on the border now as the center is all done.  This will take me a while though.  I can't wait to see it finished.

We had a very quiet 4th of July.  We have 3 dogs, one of which is very afraid of fireworks.  So we gave him a Benedryl and hugged him all night while he just shook.  And I'm dealing with another very naughty little girl dog who thinks peeing on my bed is an acceptable place.  She's done it twice this past week.  Never before so I'm not sure if it's the fireworks that are scaring her and that's why she's doing it.  The neighbors have been making noise all week.  We'll see when all this is over.  I'm going to not make the bed until bedtime so she won't do it again.  The joys of pet ownership.

Thanks for looking.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

June BOM Updates

Finished all my BOM's for June.  The first one done was the Fat Quarter Shops block 1 of the 2014 Designer Mystery quilt - I am going to try to make 2 of each block each month.  
Then I worked on the Pat Sloan Globetrotting Block of the Month.

I think its looking kind of blue - need to add more red or use red to sash.
And last but not least, the final two blocks for the fall BOM.  All that's left (all ha ha) is the applique center and then putting it all together and the quilting. 
Blocks 11 & 12

Blocks 1-12
 It will be awhile before I get to finishing this one.  I already have one top to quilt and I hope to have the top of my Farmer's Wife quilt top done soon too.  I'm about 1/2 way done putting that top together.  

Thanks for looking.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

FQS Designer Mystery BOM and my latest Loose Threads piece

And by FQS I mean the 2013/2014 Fat Quarter Shop Designer Mystery Block of the Month program.  I spent quite a bit of time quilting this.  Decided to not do an all over design and custom quilted the whole thing.

I quilted the whole thing on my new Bernina 750 QE.  I had no problems.  I used bottom line in the bobbin and So Fine on the top.  Sewed like a charm.  I marked a lot of the top with a Frixion pen.  I used a cherry template on the border.  (The fabric has cherries on it.)  It's all made from Fig Tree Quilt material.

I also spend all Friday night embroidering labels.  It went pretty smoothly.  I think they will need to adjust my thread cutter.  It seems to mess up the bobbin threads or is pulling all the top thread under and knotting it after it is used every couple times.  It could also be a tension thing.  Although I did adjust the tension during the embroidery and it still did it.  Who knows.  But the labels are all done and on their appropriate quilts.  Got some towels embroidered with my nephews initials for when he leaves for college in the fall.

And I forgot to post pictures of the last Loose Threads round of design board inspiration pieces.  I'll show you mine here but I'll put a link to the groups blogs so you can see them all here. California Loose Threads

This is mine which I used Sara Kelly's design board for inspiration.  I also kind of created my piece using her  look of tiny strips.  (Never again for me.)
I used the middle picture from her board as my inspiration.

I now get to work on a gift for someone that a few friends and I are putting together.  So even when I finish it I can't share until October.

Thanks for looking.